Megan Jeffery is an illustrator who’s been freelancing for 17 years. She’s compiled a list of 17 things that she’s learnt over the years. If you’re freelancing, it’s a good idea to read the post. And, even if you’re not a freelancer, you mayl find some tips useful.
From Freelance Anniversary :
# Do Not Miss Deadlines. Want to keep on doing what you’re doing? Then do not give people a reason not to hire you again. If you feel that it’s going to be a close-call, give the Art Director the head’s up so s/he can make an adjustment. Doing this will accomplish two things: it will let the A.D. know that you are conscientious, and it will most likely give you more time/relief.